Songbirds and Snow

While sitting on my back steps a few days past - before the winter storm that dusted the garden and meadow white with snow - the swift motion of a pair of young mockingbirds caught  my attention. Two young males were cartwheeling together, fighting it out over territory for the coming winter, establishing their boundaries.... Continue Reading →


A Table for One

It was Beltane Eve, around 6 pm. Thanks to a cool front that blew through last night, the temperature never got above 76 deg F and once the last of the clouds faded around noon, the day was sunny and bright. I was collecting the washing from the clothesline when I felt a familiar tug. I glanced... Continue Reading →


A pair of Yellow-Crowned Night Herons (Nyctanassa violacea) are making themselves at home in the tall oak tree that overhangs my outdoor meditation and ritual space. I noticed them in March during my afternoon after-work chill out meditation period. I'd been sitting and quietly enjoying the sight of the trees tossing their heads in the... Continue Reading →

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